BARBARA KOPPLE’S DOCUMENTARY film “New Homeland,” screened at the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, tells the story of five refugees — two brothers and another teen from Syrian, plus a set of brothers from Iraq — who face the totally new experience of summer camp.
MIDDLEBURY — Alan Kurdî died on this day — Sept. 2 — in 2015.
The three-year-old Syrian boy drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when his family and other refugees attempted to reach Europe.
In a photo that went viral, Kurdî lies face down on the beach near Bodrum, Turkey, wearing a red T-shirt, blue shorts and tiny brown-soled shoes.
If it weren’t for the surf lapping at his cheek we might have mistaken him for a toddler felled by sleep.
Because of the impact it had on some of the subjects of Barbara Kopple’s new documentary film, she features “the photo of the dead boy on the beach” near the...